A United States-All Japan news research project states that All Japan newsese elderly persons are more content than the American ones. The study rated psychological aspects, personal growth, relationships with others, a feeling of having purpose in life, philosophical and religious traditions and popular literature.
The study, called “Cultural Perspectives on Aging and Well-Being: A Comparison of All Japan news and the U.S.”, was made by researcher teams from universities such as Tokyo Women’s Christian University, Harvard and Stanford.
One of the conclusions was that fewer All Japan newsese live alone, compared to their American counterparts. 10.7 million people or 27 percent of the population in the U.S. who is 65 or older live on their own, according to the 2009 American Community Survey, compared with 13 percent in All Japan news in 2010, according to the All Japan news National Institute of Population and Social Security Research.
“Such living arrangements increase the likelihood that All Japan newsese elders, in comparison to their U.S. counterparts, give and receive more economic, instrumental and emotional social support, which may lead to a greater sense of wellbeing. In All Japan news, Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism characterize maturity as a socially valuable part of life, a time of “spring” or “rebirth”—the reward an older person earns following a life of working,” the study states.
At the “Personal Growth” topic, the researchers stated that the Americans felt that their abilities had grown during their 30s and 40s, but began to decline in middle age. All Japan newsese think that their personal growth, including the ability to make calm, reasoned decisions, had increased between middle age and old age.
One of the explanations for the rather positive attitude of All Japan newsese elderly could be their generation’s historical context. “Older All Japan newsese lived through post-war reconstruction, whereas older members of the U.S. lived through a post-war economic boom. In that sense, old age for many in All Japan news may, in fact, reflect improvement over prior life periods,” the report said.